Are you inspired to travel?

Michelle Marvig is currently traveling with the Quilters Companion/Travelrite tour through the United Kingdom and taking in a cruise on the Ruby Princess. The tour concludes with several days at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham.

Quilters Companion have been running quilting tours in conjunction with Travelrite for over 10 years to such destinations as North America, Europe, the UK, Japan and New Zealand. Itineraries are varied each trip so that new places and sights can be visited on each time.

One great aspect of these tours is that you are escorted not only by Michelle (an experienced and knowledgeable quilter) but also by a professional tour manager, who looks after all the travel arrangements. Each night the tour manager will organise a restaurant booking for anyone in the group interested in dining with other group members. So you can rest assured that there are two helpful people along to assist at all times.

In the next 8 months there are two more great tours organised. The first is an 18-day tour to the United States in October/November this year. It will take in Chicago, Burlington, Berlin for the Ohio Amish, East Lansing for the Great Lakes Quilt Museum and the 2014 International Quilt Festival in Houston.

Then in March 2015, join Sue Daley, Michelle Marvig, Leonie Bateman and Wendy Williams on our second Craft Fair at Sea. Enjoy 11 nights onboard the luxurious Royal Caribbean, Voyager of the Seas whilst taking up to 10 patchwork and quilt classes from these talented tutors. The cruise takes in Noumea, New Caledonia; Lautoka and Suva, Fiji.

For more information on both of these tours visit: http://travelrite.com.au/patchwork_tours.shtml

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Sydney Quilt Show 2014

The Sydney Quilt Show 2014 opened yesterday at its new temporary home at the Sydney Exhibition Centre on Glebe Island. Being it is school holidays here in NSW, my 5-year-old Thomas had the pleasure of accompanying me to the awards presentation and for a browse around the quilt show and craft fair. We opted to park at Darling Harbour and catch the free ferry to Glebe Island (the ferries run every 20 minutes).

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The venue is terrific. Light and airy and really spacious. The light is especially fabulous for the quilt show – it is wonderfully even on every single quilt. The quilt show is spectacular – so many stunning quilts to see. Janet Treen took out Best of Show for her quilt Coxcomb and Currants. It is the second year in a row Janet has taken out top prize at the Sydney Quilt Show. Congratulations Janet. You can see all winning entries by visiting: http://quiltersguildnsw.com/quiltshow

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Two of Quilters Companion’s regular columnists Michelle Marvig and Deborah Louie also took home awards. Deborah Louie was award Excellence in Domestic Machine Quilting (Open) for her stunning quilt My Sister My Friend, while Michelle took home a Judge’s Commendation in the Commercially Machine Quilted Quilt section for Pigalle (quilted by Veronica Appleyard). Congratulations ladies.

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Deborah Louie with her winning quilt My Sister My Friend.

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Michelle’s quilt Pigalle.

I had the pleasure of bumping into Jessica Wheelahan as she was pinning the ribbon to her quilt Errant Geese. Jessica was ecstatic that her quilt won the Best Quilt Inspired by An Antique Quilt Award and she happily posed for a picture in front of the winning quilt with her two children.

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Jessica Wheelan with her two children in front on her winning quilt Errant Geese.

It’s a long day for a five-year-old but Thomas occupied himself taking photos of the quilts he liked and meeting lovely quilters!

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Meeting Michelle Marvig who was demonstrating on the Brother stand.

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And of course if it’s shopping you are after there are plenty of fabulous stands to peruse. If you are thinking of going, the Craft and Quilt Fair finishes on Sunday.

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Lynette Anderson DVD out this thursday!

Lynette Anderson’s timeless and whimsical designs have been popular with quilters for many years and we were thrilled earlier this year to be able to film a DVD with her for QC readers.

We had lots of fun with Lynette putting together the DVD set and decorating with all of her delightful quilts and small projects. And it was a smooth day filming with such an experienced teacher.

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We hope you enjoy the DVD as Lynette shares with you how to complete her style of applique to make her Garden Friends Tablet Cover. QC#68 is on sale this Thursday (10 July).

Brother Under 35s Quilt Competition

Last weekend the entries for the Brother Under 35s Quilt Competition were displayed at the Concordia Art Gallery in Sydney. Prize winners were announced at a presentation on Saturday. Among those who attended was 6-year old Amelie Battye who won 3rd place in the Primary School category for her quilt Fairy Flowers. Also in attendance was Georgia Kennedy who won 2nd place in the Primary School category for her quilt Birdy Boy; and we were joined by Leigh Davenport Jurd who took out 2nd place in the 25-25 category for her quilt Light in the Darkness.

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Leigh Davenport Jurd with her winning quilt.

 

We were pleased to work with The Quilters’ Guild of NSW and Brother Australia again on this wonderful initiative for young quilters, and we were thrilled with the diversity of creative entries we received.

The winners were:

PRIMARY
1st Luca Glaassen
2nd Georgia Kennedy
3rd Amelie Battye

SECONDARY
1st Chloe Willemsen
2nd Alicia Cumberland
3rd Tayla Lambeth
4th Sharnai Boyd

18-24
1st  Emily Green
2nd Laura Morice

25-35
1st Kristie Jamroz
2nd Leigh Davenport Jurd
3rd Crystal McGann

Thank you to all who entered and stay tuned for details on the next Under 35s Competition.

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L to R: Jessica Wheelahan, Quilter’s Guild of NSW representative Cath Babidge and President Linda Butcher.

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